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13 December 2016, 14:07 | Updated: 13 December 2016, 15:05
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has declared a major incident due to a large diesel fuel leak on the third floor of the Cardigan Wing.
14.55 East of England Ambulance Service Statement
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is working closely with Southend University Hospital and NHS partners after the hospital was closed as a result of a fuel leak.
Ambulances are being diverted to other A&E units whilst Southend University Hospital is closed.
However, the most critically ill patients are still being accepted by the hospital.
Kevin Brown, EEAST Director of Service Delivery, said: “We are working with Southend University Hospital to help them manage their incident whilst maintaining safety in the community to other patients.
This is an ongoing incident. Patients with life-threatening conditions will continue to be taken to Southend University Hospital.
13.50 - Statement from Southend Hospital.
The hospital is currently responding to a major incident of a fuel leak in its maternity unit.
Southend University Hospital - including its Accident and Emergency department - is closed to patients and visitors as it is currently not safe. Please do not come to the hospital.
The Fire Service is on site and working alongside staff to assess the situation. Patients are being moved to alternative areas of the hospital as a precaution whilst this assessment takes place.
We are prioritising patient safety at this time. We request that patients and visitors do not come to the hospital as it is currently not safe.
Further information will be released in conjunction with the Fire Service in due course.
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